James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

  • Address:
    200 Nevada Ave
    Moss Beach, CA 94038



This rocky seashore hosts a living community of marine life that is of great interest to visitor and naturalist alike. A variety of seaweed, crabs, sponges, sea stars, mollusks, and fish make their homes in the inter-tidal; that area between low and high tide. The Reserve is set aside to protect this complex but fragile community for us and future generations. The Reserve is popular with school and community groups for its educational value. Activities and facilities.

Activities in the Reserve focus on education and interpretation of natural resources, including the ecosystems of the intertidal reef, beach, upland, and wetlands. The Reserve is largely unimproved. Trails along the bluff are accessible for walking and running. Stairs lead from the parking lot down to the tidepools. The Pillar Point Marsh, southeast of the Reserve, offers excellent opportunities for bird-watching. The scenic Pillar Point Bluff, home to a section of the California Coastal Trail, is a natural extension of the Reserve, and is popular with local hikers and joggers. Rangers and trained volunteer naturalists offer interpretive tours for groups and students in third grade and older. The Reserve is not suited for younger children.

In order to protect the sensitive natural resources of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, groups of 10 or more are required to make reservations before visiting. To make reservations for groups and tours, call 650-363-4021.